The title should actually be, ‘My bathing experience in a village house’! Recently, I went to a village-would-be-town-soon kinda place, to attend a marriage. It’s quite near a major town in TN. I had to stay in one of our relatives house, which had a longish construction design (as shown in the above diagram). The 1,2,3,4 are doors, actually.
I went in the night, slept well and woke up on the next day morning. They asked me to take bath and get ready. I asked them to show me the bathroom and they showed me the place between door no. 2 and 3!
I was taken aback for a second. It was not only open on the top, but people kept passing through from the entrance to the living room frequently through it! Remember, there was a marriage and hence there were quite a number of guests around.
I waited for sometime, to see how others take bath over there. One person wrapped himself with a small towel, went to that place, started fetching cold water from the cement water tank (shown above) and started taking bath! He had another towel to wipe his body after he finished.
Next it was my turn and I had only one towel! I told them about this in the hope of getting a spare towel, but perhaps because they were running out of towels, they asked me to take bath with my underwear.
Imagine taking bath in a public place where people are moving around with just your underwear on!!!! For a person born and brought up in a city, the very thought was shocking! I thought, ‘Ok, lets finish this real quickly’ and got into the act.
Now what happens, since people were freely moving between the door no. 2 and 3, one of my distant relative happened to recognize me. While I was taking bath, he decides to stop there and start an intrusive discussion.
Him: ‘You are so-and-so’s son right?’
Him: ‘Oh, how long its been since I saw you!’
Me: (Is this the bloody place and time to have family reunion discussions?) ‘Yes’
Fortunately, he left after a couple of minutes. Determined to avoid another such accidental confrontation, I finished my bath very quickly. After I dressed up, I asked the relative (whose house I was staying in),
‘How do women manage to take bath in such an open place?’
‘Oh, they close the doors (2 & 3) while taking bath’
Look at the design of the house – While people are taking bath, one cannot enter inside!! Wonder what inspired them to follow this peculiar design? I was told that the house was around 100 years old. The same thing has been happening for 100 years? OMG